Bruno comes to his room to find Maria packing his clothes and belongings, he learns his family is moving from Berlin to somewhere far away, because of his father's very important job.
Bruno is unhappy about moving to Out-With. He misses his three best friends Karl, Daniel and Martin and expects the foreseeable future to be a few weeks until they return.
Bruno recalls a moment when the Führer came to his house for dinner. He had high hopes and big things in mind for his father and his job.
Bruno is bored at Out-With, he notices people behind a fence from his window and decides to go explore, as he dreams of becoming an explorer when he grows
After finishing his exploration, Bruno discovers a boy sitting behind a fence. His name his Shmuel, they gradually become best friends and Bruno forgets about Karl, Daniel and Martin.
Shmuel tells Bruno how he hasn't seen his father in a while, they come to the conclusion that he must be missing. They decide to look for him, Bruno's short haircut because of head lice allows him to sneak into the camp as he resembles a prisoner. They are rounded up and escorted into a warehouse by soldiers and gassed.